The Body's Way
Nia is based on The Body's Way, which is a method of using the body according to its inherent design and function.
The Body's Way is guided by five fundamental principles:
- The body thrives on Dynamic Ease. Dynamic Ease is the ability to perform a movement with maximum efficiency and minimal effort.
- The body demands balance. When you equally balance your movements from left to right and top to bottom, you balance your muscles, skeletal system, connective tissues, brain and peripheral nervous system.
- The body is balanced in yin and yang. The body is comprised of both yin and yang energies. Yin is the soft, feminine, inward-directed energy, manifested in smooth, melodic movements. Yang is the harder, masculine, outward-directed energy, reflected in explosive, rhythmic movements.
- The Body's Way demands simultaneous mobility and stability. The thirteen primary joints in the body (wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles and spine) are designed for various degrees of mobility and stability.
- The body itself reveals The Body's Way. The body reveals its own path in two ways: 1) through its design and 2) through the function of feedback.